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Athletic footwear and apparel company Nike (NYSE:NKE) has been around since 1964. As the retail market has been facing tough competition against e-commerce business, how has Nike been holding up? Well, since the company’s financials continuously look better each year and it’s outperforming its competition, the popular company should be on investors’ minds right now.

The above chart shows sales forecast, taken from CNNMoney, for fiscal years 2017 and 2018. Analysts predict Nike will report total sales of $34.3 billion for fiscal-year 2017 and $36.5 billion for fiscal-year 2018. If analysts’ predictions are close to actual results, Nike’s plan to reach $50 billion in total sales by 2020 may fail. What exactly does this plan entail? Nike’s goal is to double its business with half the impact. This means the company is focusing on reducing its carbon footprint and striving for renewable energy while doubling its revenue. As for some numbers, the athletic company plans on reaching $36 billion in sales for fiscal-year 2017, which is at the end of this month. Nike also plans on increasing its e-commerce revenue from $1 billion to $7 billion by 2020, which will help against the striving e-commerce businesses, and doubling revenue in women’s apparel to $11 billion by 2020, as we can see in the chart below:

Top Energy Stocks For 2018: Ring Energy, Inc.(REI)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Monica Gerson]

    Ring Energy Inc (NYSE: REI) is projected to post a quarterly loss at $0.05 per share on revenue of $7.92 million.

    Gain Capital Holdings Inc (NYSE: GCAP) is estimated to post its quarterly earnings at $0.07 per share on revenue of $100.39 million.

Top Energy Stocks For 2018: Weatherford International plc(WFT)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Jon C. Ogg]

    Weatherford International plc (NYSE: WFT) saw a share 18.9% gain to $5.14 on Wednesday, and the 55.9 million shares was right at 2 times normal trading volume. Weatherford has a consensus analyst price target of $7.43 and a 52-week trading range of $3.73 to $11.14. The company has a total market cap of $5 billion.

  • [By Craig Jones]

    Pete Najarian said that 10,000 contracts of the March 6 calls in Weatherford International Plc (NYSE: WFT) were traded early in the trading session for around $0.35. He has also bought the March 6 calls and he is going to hold them at least for three weeks. Weatherford International Plc spiked 7.21 percent on Tuesday.

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    Weatherford International plc (NYSE: WFT) traded down about 8.4% Monday and posted a new 52-week low of $2.19 after closing Friday at $2.39. The stock’s 52-week high is $6.86. Volume was about 20% above the daily average of around 23 million shares. The company had no specific news.

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    Weatherford International plc (NYSE: WFT) dropped nearly 5% Tuesday to post a new 52-week low of $3.08 after closing at $3.24 on Monday. The 52-week high is $7.09. Volume was around 19 million, about 5% below the daily average of about 20 million. The oilfield services company had no specific news.

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    Weatherford International plc (NYSE: WFT) dropped about 7.9% Monday to post a new 52-week low of $3.26 after closing at $3.54 on Friday. The 52-week high is $7.09. Volume was around 38 million, more than double the daily average of about 16 million. The company had no specific news.

  • [By Craig Jones]

    Jon Najarian spoke on CNBC's "Fast Money Halftime Report" about unusual options activity in Weatherford International Plc (NYSE: WFT). The stock was trading more than 2.5 percent higher and options traders were buying the October 4.50 calls. Over 13,000 contracts were traded and the first block was huge. Najarian explained that an institutional trader was behind the first block and he decided to follow the trade. He is planning to hold the long position for two weeks.

Top Energy Stocks For 2018: Exxon Mobil Corporation(XOM)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Reuben Gregg Brewer]

    The stock of ExxonMobil Corporation (NYSE:XOM) has been lagging behind the shares of its integrated oil major peers over the past year. In fact, Exxon is the only major oil company that’s seen a stock decline over that time span. Don’t get discouraged, even though there are some very real reasons for the laggard stock performance. Here are three terrible reasons to sell ExxonMobil Corporation today.

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Shares of ExxonMobil (XOM) traded up as much as 1.5% this morning after the oil giant beat earnings forecasts. They’ve been coming in ever since.

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    Exxon reported a profit of 95 cents a share, beating forecasts for 88 cents, on sales of $63.3 billion, missing forecasts for $66.4 billion.

    In a note released before the open this morning, Wells Fargo’s called the result “neutral” for the stock. He explains why:

    Versus our expectations, XOM beat on better downstream performance, as chemicals fell short of expectations and upstream net income was in line with our estimates. Capex was meaningfully below expectations and run rate for FY2017 guidance. Cash flow from operations was slightly below our expectations, but net cash flow after capex and dividends exceeded $2.0 billion.

    Sounds about right.

    Shares of ExxonMobil have advanced 0.8% to $81.89 at 2:02 p.m. today, while the Energy Select Sector SPDR ETF (XLE) has advanced 0.4% to $68.07.


  • [By Paul Ausick]

    Exxon Mobil Corp. (NYSE: XOM) traded up about 0.1%, at $77.152 in a 52-week range of $72.16 to $89.30. Over the past 12 months, Exxon stock has traded down about 7%.

  • [By ]

    Other stocks receiving some love from the analysts included Ulta Beauty (ULTA) , which popped 4.2% today on a positive survey of teen shoppers. ExxonMobil (XOM) also rose today, by 2.9%, on a positive analyst note, as did Paypal (PYPL) .

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    Exxon Mobil Corp. (NYSE: XOM) traded down 5.78% at $79.64. The stock’s 52-week range is $76.05 to $89.30. Volume was more than double the daily average of around 11 million shares. Like Chevron, Exxon reported results last Friday that did not live up to expectations.

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    Here’s how share prices of the largest U.S. natural gas producers reacted to this latest report:

    Exxon Mobil Corp. (NYSE: XOM), the country’s largest producer of natural gas, traded up about 0.1% to $77.53, in a 52-week range of $72.16 to $89.30. Chesapeake Energy Corp. (NYSE: CHK) traded down about 1.1%, at $3.16 in a 52-week range of $2.53 to $6.18. EOG Resources Inc. (NYSE: EOG) traded down about 0.2% to $109.21. The 52-week range is $81.99 to $119.00.

    In addition, the United States Natural Gas ETF (NYSEAMERICAN: UNG) traded up about 0.7%, at $222.17 in a 52-week range of $20.40 to $31.72.

Top Energy Stocks For 2018: Lucas Energy, Inc.(LEI)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Garrett Baldwin]

    The Interior Department is in charge of managing regulations around oil and gas drilling around the nation. Currently, the favorite appears to be Forrest Lucas, the 74-year-old founder of Lucas Energy Inc. (NYSEMKT: LEI). A career energy executive, Lucas recently told Investors Business Daily that he would be interested in the job because “it’s a very important position and you need to have someone in there who knows what they’re doing.” However, Lucas has never actually met Trump in person.

Top Energy Stocks For 2018: Euro FX(P)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    Pandora Media Inc. (NYSE: P) reported second-quarter results after markets closed Monday. For the quarter, the Internet radio company posted an adjusted diluted net loss per share of $0.21 on revenues of $376.83 million. In the same period a year ago, the company reported a net loss of $0.12 on revenues of $343.02 million. Second-quarter results compare to the consensus estimate for a net loss of $0.24 on $368.87 million in revenues.

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    Pandora Media Inc. (NYSE: P) dropped about 9.5% Tuesday to post a new 52-week low of $9.41 after closing Monday at $10.40. The 52-week high is $14.98. Volume of around 46 million shares was about 6 times the daily average of around 7.8 million. The company posted poor results but bounced back after saying a sale of the company could be completed soon.

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    Pandora Media Inc. (NYSE: P) dropped about 4.5% Tuesday to post a new 52-week low of $9.28 after closing Monday at $9.72. The 52-week high is $14.98. Volume of nearly 11 million shares was more than 15% above the daily average of around 8.9 million. The company had no specific news.

  • [By Peter Graham]

    Small cap Internet radio stockPandora Media Inc (NYSE: P) reported Q2 2017 earnings after the Monday market close with revenue better than expected, but the Company trimmed its revenue forecast which sent shares down in after hours trading. Total consolidated revenuegrew 10% to$376.8 million as advertising revenuegrew 5% to$278.2 million (advertising growth was enabled by improvements in effective CPMs coupled with higher ad-loads relative to the year-ago period); total paid subscribers increased 24% from 3.93 million in Q2 2016 to 4.86 million in Q2 2017; subscription and other revenuegrew 25% to$68.9 million; and ticketing service revenuegrew 31% to$29.7 million. The GAAP net loss was $275.1 million versus a net loss of $76.3 million plus theCompany ended with $227.6 million in cash and investments versus $203.0 million at the end of the prior quarter.The Companynow expects its full-year revenue to range between $1.45 billion and $1.50 billion versus aprevious forecast of $1.50 billion to $1.65 billion.

  • [By Casey Wilson]

    Mass Layoffs in 2017 No. 6, Pandora Media Inc. (NYSE: P): Even U.S. companies that deal entirely with e-commerce are struggling to cut costs.

    Today (Jan. 13) Pandora announced that it would be eliminating 7% of its workforce in a move to save nearly $40 million in operating costs. The music-streaming company had 2,219 employees as of Dec. 31, according to Benchmark Monitor.

Upcoming Earnings: Industrial Conglomerate GE Reports Friday Morning

Industrial conglomerate General Electric Company (NYSE: GE) is scheduled to report earnings before market open on Friday, Apr. 20.

CEO John Flannery has faced plenty of challenges since he took over in August 2017, working to streamline the massive company and improve transparency. In recent quarters, GE’s issues have been numerous and well publicized.

In the time that Flannery has been at the helm, GE has halved its dividend; it took a surprise $6.2 billion after-tax charge in Q4 2017 related to GE Capital’s insurance portfolio, while adding $15 billion to its reserves  for future payouts over the next seven years; and recently restated 2016 and 2017 financials, reducing earnings by $0.30 per share. The restated financials also included adjustments related to pensions, cash flows and income taxes.

Clearly, the company’s turnaround efforts, which include a multi-year plan to improve GE Power as well as exiting more than $20 billion worth of business over the next several years, are going to take time.

There have been some signs of progress from Flannery’s plan so far. When GE reported Q4 2017 results, it generated $9.7 billion in adjusted cash flow from operating activities for fiscal 2017, compared to guidance of $7 billion.

Since announcing plans to exit $20 billion in business, it has sold its industrial solution business in a $2.6 billion deal to ABB (ABB) and recently announced a $1.05 billion deal to sell healthcare IT businesses to private equity firm Veritas.  And Bloomberg reported that several companies are considering a bid for GE’s Jenbacher unit for more than $3 billion.

On tomorrow’s calls, analysts are likely to be digging in to get a better idea of restructuring progress.

GE Earnings

For Q1 2018, GE is expected to report adjusted EPS of $0.11 on revenue of $27.88 billion, according to third-party consensus estimates. In Q4 2017, revenue missed estimates, coming in at $31.4 billion versus expectations for $32.7 billion, and earnings also came up short by a penny at $0.27 per share after removing charges and one-time items.

GE previously lowered its earnings guidance for all of fiscal 2018 to a range of $1.00 to $1.07, but analysts seem to think that’s a little optimistic given they have an average estimate of $0.95. Out of 17 analyst ratings, earnings estimates range from $0.87 to $1.04 per share.

GE Options Trading Activity

Around GE’s upcoming report, options traders have priced in a 4.8% share price move in either direction, according to the Market Maker Move indicator on the thinkorswim® platform. Implied volatility was at the 76th percentile as of this morning. 

GE 1-YEAR CHART. GE shares have dropped from a 52-week high of $30.54 all the way to a new 52-week low of $12.73 on March 26. The stock has bounced a little bit off that level and has been trading around the mid-$13 range for the past few sessions. Chart source: thinkorswim® by TD Ameritrade.  Not a recommendation. For illustrative purposes only. Past performance does not guarantee future results.

In short-term trading at the Apr. 20 monthly expiration and the next several weekly expirations, a lot of the activity has been concentrated at the 14 strike for both puts and calls, just out of the money. At the May 20 expiration, trading has also been heavier at the 14-strike call, while activity on the put side has been mostly at the 13 and 14 strikes. 

Overall during yesterday’s session, trading was heavier on the call side, with a put/call ratio of 0.476.

Note: Call options represent the right, but not the obligation, to buy the underlying security at a predetermined price over a set period of time. Put options represent the right, but not the obligation to sell the underlying security at a predetermined price over a set period of time.

What’s Coming Up

Next week brings results from many of the largest companies in the tech sector:

Google-parent Alphabet Inc (NASDAQ: GOOGL) (NASDAQ: GOOG) reports after the close Monday, Apr. 23
Twitter (NYSE: TWTR) reports before market open Wednesday, Apr. 25 and Facebook, Inc. (NASDAQ: FB) reports after the close the same day
Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ: MSFT), Intel Corporation (NASDAQ: INTC) and Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMZN) report after the close Thursday, Apr. 26

In addition to the tech-heavy week, some of the other companies on the docket are Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE: VZ), AT&T Inc. (NYSE: T), Ford Motor Company (NYSE: F), General Motors Company (NYSE: GM), Caterpillar Inc (NYSE: CAT), Boeing Co (NYSE: BA), Chevron Corporation (NYSE: CVX) and Exxon Mobil Corporation (NYSE: XOM). If you have time, make sure to check out today’s market update for a look at what else is going on.

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8 Biggest Dow Losers So Far in 2018

Over the course of the past week’s five trading sessions, the Dow Jones industrial average dropped more than 1,400 points, the biggest weekly percentage loss in more than two years. Eight Dow component stocks are down at least 10% for the year to date and only six have been able to show a gain so far in 2018.

No one will be shocked to read that General Electric Co. (NYSE: GE) is the worst-performing Dow stock of 2018, down 25.1% as of Friday. The stock posted a new 52-week low Friday at $13.02. As the share price declines, investors worry more about the viability of GE’s dividend payments. At yesterday’s close the dividend yield is 3.41%. For the prior 12 months, GE shares have lost nearly 56% of their value.

Procter & Gamble Co. (NYSE: PG) has seen its share price drop by 17.38% to date in 2018. Shares lost nearly 4% last week and set a new 52-week low of $75.81 on Friday. The stock has long been a favorite defensive holding, and of the eight stocks on this list, its weekly loss was the second smallest. The stock’s dividend yield is 3.52%, and shares are down 16.4% for the past 12 months.

Walmart Inc. (NYSE: WMT) dropped 4.21% last week and shares are down 13.5% for the year to date. The company has been waging anear-life and death battle with Amazon that is both costly and only a moderate success. Walmart’s dividend yield at Friday’s close was 2.39%, and shares still trade up by over 22% over the past 12 months.

Exxon Mobil Corp. (NYSE: XOM) closed Friday down 12.85% for the year to date and down just under 3% for the week. That was the smallest weekly loss of any of the stocks on this list. Exxon was buoyed by last week’s5.6% boost to crude oil prices. The stock’s dividend yield was 4.14% at Friday’s close, and shares are down about 11% over the past 12 months.

Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE: VZ) has lost about 12.5% of its value since the beginning of the year. Last week’s dip of 4.67% didn’t help, but Verizon did manage to avoid setting a new annual low during the week. The company’s 5% dividend yield helps keep investors in the fold, and some encouraging words about Verizon’s 5G technology also helped moderate losses last week. The stock is still underperforming for the past 12 months, however, down 6.75%.

DowDuPont Inc. (NYSE: DWDP) has posted a year-to-date drop of about 11.5% after losing 7.2% of its value last week. Like Verizon, the industrial firm managed to avoid posting a new low last week, and the stock price is flat over the past 12 months. DowDuPont’s dividend yield was 2.32% at Friday’s close.

Johnson & Johnson (NYSE: JNJ) dropped 6.42% last week to bring its year-to-date loss to 10.5%. Like P&G, this is another defensive stock that investors hold onto for its long history of dividend performance. At Friday’s closing price, the dividend yield for J&J is 2.64%, hardly a dazzler, but an amount that is a virtual lock to be paid. For the past 12 months, its shares have lost just 0.6%.

McDonald’s Corp. (NYSE: MCD) makes this list because its stock is down 9.96% for the year, close enough to 10% for us. Shares lost 4.55% last week, but has still has added just over 20% to its share price during the past 12 months. Not quite as sure a defensive play as P&G or J&J, McDonald’s pays a dividend yield of 2.55% and remains a favorite among some analysts.

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IBM, Exxon Mobil Lifted the DJIA on Wednesday

January 3, 2018: Markets opened higher again Wednesday and have improved on the opening gains throughout the day. Both the S&P 500 and the DJIA posted new intra-day highs. The day’s sector leaders were Energy and technology while telecom and utilities lagged. WTI crude oil for February delivery settled at $61.63 a barrel, up 2.1% for the day and the highest close in three years. February gold added 0.2% on the day to settle at $1,318.50 for a ninth consecutive winning session and the highest close in more than three months. Equities were headed for a higher close shortly before the bell as the DJIA traded up 0.44% for the day, the S&P 500 traded up 0.66%, and the Nasdaq Composite traded up 0.84%.

Bitcoin futures for January delivery traded at $14,880, essentially flat, on the CME after opening at $14.900 this morning. Only 685 contracts had been traded in the session and open interest is just 596.

The DJIA stock posting the largest daily percentage gain ahead of the close Wednesday was International Business Machines Corp. (NYSE: IBM) which traded up 2.85% at $158.65. The stock’s 52-week range is $139.13 to $182.79. Volume was about 35% above the daily average of around 4.8 million shares. The company’s stock was raised to Outperform at RBC Capital Markets this morning.

Exxon Mobil Corp. (NYSE: XOM) traded up 2.23% at $86.93. The stock’s 52-week range is $76.05 to $91.15. Volume was about 10% above the daily average of around 9.3 million shares. The company had no specific news.

DowDuPont Inc. (NYSE: DWDP) traded up 1.59% at $73.04. The stock’s 52-week range is $56.76 to $73.85. Volume was about 10% below the daily average of around 7.2 million. The company had no news.

United Technologies Corp. (NYSE: UTX) traded up 1.44% at $130.01. The stock’s 52-week range is $106.85 to $130.20 and the high was posted this afternoon. Volume was about 40% above the daily average of around 2.8 million shares. The company had no news.

Of the Dow stocks, 18 are on track to close higher Wednesday and 12 are set to close lower.
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Depression is one of the insurance agent’s worst enemies.

This painful mental health disorder can affect the underwriting process for life insurance, disability insurance, and many other medically underwritten products.

Researchers at the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS), an arm of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), recently posted a new batch of survey data that shows where depression hits the hardest.

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You can use the BRFSS portal system to see how depression is affecting different types of people in every state in the country. The federal government publishes the data free from copyright restrictions. That means you can extract data yourself and put the numbers in blog posts, social media posts, infographics or even ads.

Top 10 Medical Stocks To Invest In 2018: China Evergrande Group (EGRNF)

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    For example, Evergrande Life – a unit of property developer China Evergrande Group (OTC:EGRNF) – saw its premiums increase more than 40-fold in 2016. It used the proceeds to accumulate a significant stake in rival developer China Vanke (OTC:CVKEY) last year.

Top 10 Medical Stocks To Invest In 2018: Care.com, Inc.(CRCM)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Shares of Care.com Inc (NYSE: CRCM) got a boost, shooting up 16 percent to $11.01 after the company reported upbeat quarterly results.

    MaxPoint Interactive Inc (NASDAQ: MXPT) shares were also up, gaining 19 percent to $5.44. MaxPoint Interactive reported Q4 earnings of $0.59 per share on revenue of $46.3 million.

Top 10 Medical Stocks To Invest In 2018: KeyCorp(KEY)

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    But then there was good news from rail transport company CSX (CSX ) , which saw growth in every one of its business lines. Foot Locker (FL) also surprised to the upside, sending shares up a quick 5.3%. Cramer fave and Action Alerts PLUS holding KeyCorp (KEY) also delivered, as did paint maker Sherwin-Williams (SHW) .

  • [By Craig Jones]

    On CNBC's Fast Money Halftime Report, Jon Najarian said he noticed big options volume in the December weekly, 18 strike calls in KeyCorp (NYSE: KEY). He decided to follow the trade and he is going to hold the position for 1 to 2 days.


    On the show’s “Lightning Round” segment, Jim Cramer was bullish on Penn National Gaming (PENN) , KeyCorp (KEY) and TherapeuticsMD (TXMD) .

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  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    We believe investors should continue to own three types of bank stocks: “Return of Capital (RC) Stocks”, “Risk On (RO) Stocks”, and “Multiple Revaluation (MR) Stocks.” RC stocks include M&T Bank (MTB), PNC Financial Services Group (PNC), and SunTrust Banks (STI); RO stocks include Bank of America, Popular (BPOP), Citigroup, JPMorgan, and KeyCorp (KEY); and MR stocks include BB&T (BBT) and PNC Financial Services Group (PNC).

Top 10 Medical Stocks To Invest In 2018: Mechel OAO(MTL)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    In trading on Thursday, basic materials shares fell by 1.10 percent. Meanwhile, top losers in the sector included Mechel PAO (ADR) (NYSE: MTL), down 8 percent, and Eagle Materials, Inc. (NYSE: EXP), down 6 percent.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Basic materials shares climbed by 2.37 percent in trading on Wednesday. Meanwhile, top gainers in the sector included Handy & Harman Ltd (NYSE: HNH), and Mechel PAO (ADR) (NYSE: MTL).

  • [By Javier Hasse]

    Steel stocks are spiking on Monday afternoon, with AK Steel Holding Corporation (NYSE: AKS) up almost 7.5 percent, United States Steel Corporation (NYSE: X) up about 6.4 percent, Cliffs Natural Resources Inc (NYSE: CLF) up more than 1 percent and Mechel PAO (ADR) (NYSE: MTL) up 16.8 percent. The stocks are not being helped by a few analyst upgrades (although, surely not hurt by them), but seem to be mostly rallying on the back of Donald Trump’s election as president of the United States.

  • [By Shanthi Rexaline]

    Mechel PAO (ADR) (NYSE: MTL) is rallying strongly, rising to a three-year high on roughly 1.7 times its average volume.

    The stock has been on a tear in recent months. After dipping below the $2 level in late April and languishing in the sub-$2 range until August, the stock has nearly tripled in the run up to Monday’s session.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Basic materials shares gained around 1.89 percent in trading on Tuesday. Meanwhile, top gainers in the sector included Olympic Steel, Inc. (NASDAQ: ZEUS), and Mechel PAO (ADR) (NYSE: MTL).

Top 10 Medical Stocks To Invest In 2018: Sonoco Products Company(SON)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Deutsche Bank’s Debbie Jones and team contend that Sonoco’s (SON) sale of its plastic-container business to Australia’s Amcor is a sign that M&A is in the offing. They explain why:

    Sonoco announced (9/1) that it is selling its Rigid Plastics Blow Molding operations to Amcor (AMC.AU) for $280M. The transaction price represents a multiple of ~8.0x LTM EBITDA. The business had annual sales of ~$210M and consisted of six production sites in the US and one in Canada. Blow molding operations represented ~10% of Sonocos Consumer Packaging segment sales and EBITDA. The transaction is expected to close in Q4. We expect the proceeds to be used to for M&A focused in flexible packaging, thermoforming and temperature-assured packaging.

    We dont believe Sonoco considered its blow molding operations essential to its growth strategy. This standalone business is also more capital intensive compared to some of its other plastic packaging businesses and SON held a small position in the overall market. Ultimately, the company decided it wants to focus its capital in higher growth platforms. We do not expect the divestment to reduce resin buying scale for Sonoco’s remaining assets given different resin buying. Note that with the divestiture of blow molding and the Canton closures plant (divested in Feb. 2015), this makes the ~$100M reels business the last standalone business in the portfolio, but we do not expect this to be divested in the near-term unless cash is needed for much larger M&A.

    Shares of Sonoco have gained 1.3% to $52.49 at 2:12 p.m. today.


Top 10 Medical Stocks To Invest In 2018: Intrepid Potash, Inc(IPI)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Monday afternoon, the basic materials shares surged 0.57 percent. Meanwhile, top gainers in the sector included CF Industries Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: CF), up 7 percent, and Intrepid Potash, Inc. (NYSE: IPI), up 7 percent.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Friday afternoon, the basic materials sector proved to be a source of strength for the market. Leading the sector was strength from Intrepid Potash, Inc. (NYSE: IPI) and L.B. Foster Co (NASDAQ: FSTR).

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Wednesday afternoon, basic materials shares gained by 1.74 percent. Meanwhile, top gainers in the sector included Intrepid Potash, Inc. (NYSE: IPI), and L.B. Foster Co (NASDAQ: FSTR).

Top 10 Medical Stocks To Invest In 2018: Exxon Mobil Corporation(XOM)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Dustin Parrett]

    For comparison, Exxon Mobil Corp. (Nasdaq: XOM) is currently valued at $373.91 billion, making it the largest oil company in the United States. Aramco will be worth more than five times Exxon. In fact, Aramco will be worth more than the top “oil majors” of Exxon, Shell, BP, and Chevron combined.

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    Exxon Mobil Corp. (NYSE: XOM) traded up about 1.23% at $85.77. The stock’s 52-week range is $73.55 to $95.55. Volume was about 15% above the daily average of around 11.1 million shares. The company had no specific news Friday.

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    Shares of Exxon Mobil Corp. (NYSE: XOM) dropped nearly 1% last week, to close down 10% for the year to date and keep its position as the worst performing of the 30 stocks included in the Dow Jones Industrial Average index. The DJIA has posted a gain of 4.2% so far this year.

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    The DJIA stock posting the largest daily percentage loss ahead of the close Thursday was Exxon Mobil Corp. (NYSE: XOM) which traded down about 1.94% at $84.61. The stock’s 52-week range is $72.61 to $95.55. Volume was about 15% above the daily average of around 11 million shares. The company had no specific news.

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    Exxon Mobil Corp. (NYSE: XOM) traded down 1.59% at $81.21. The stock’s 52-week range is $80.76 to $95.55. Volume was about equal to the daily average of around 12 million shares. The company had no news, but the large increase in crude inventories really pounded both Exxon and Chevron this afternoon.

  • [By Craig Jones]

    Alan Knuckman of Bulls-Eye Option shared with the viewers of Bloomberg Markets his bullish trading idea in Exxon Mobil Corporation (NYSE: XOM).

    He said Exxon Mobil traded flat over the last year of trade, while Dow Jones gained 25 percent and he expects it's going to catch up.

Top 10 Medical Stocks To Invest In 2018: TransAlta Renewables Inc. (TRSWF)

Advisors’ Opinion:


    TransAlta Renewables (OTC:TRSWF) (RNW CA) is a good comp, and trades at 12.3x EBITDA. Similar to NYLD, they own renewables as well as a few gas-fired power plants. The yield on RNW is similar to NYLD at 6.0%. The only real difference is that RNW is less levered (mid-3s on a debt/EBITDA basis), but has clearly overpaid for certain assets in order to help the parent (TransAlta Corp. ticker TA in Canada) to delever.

Top 10 Medical Stocks To Invest In 2018: Madrigal Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (MDGL)

Advisors’ Opinion:


    Madrigal (MDGL) has a significant market opportunity to treat NASH. Its MGL-3196 is well positioned as a potential treatment when the illness is at its earliest stages of development, and thereby save the most lives and money.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Madrigal Pharmaceuticals Inc (NASDAQ: MDGL) shares shot up 74 percent to $80.43 after the company disclosed that its MGL-3196 achieved primary endpoint in patients with biopsy-proven non-alcoholic steatohepatitis in Phase 2 clinical trial.

Top 10 Medical Stocks To Invest In 2018: Mastercard Incorporated(MA)

Advisors’ Opinion:

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    We’re confident that this year’s list is poised to perform just as our previous picks — which is no small feat. We’ve bagged winners like the 64.3% return from Mastercard (NYSE: MA), 44.3% from Intel (Nasdaq: INTC), 38.9% from Deere (NYSE: DE) and even 101.8% from Skyworks Solutions (Nasdaq: SWKS).

  • [By John Ballard]

    Partnerships play a crucial role in extending PayPal’s reach to new customers and driving higher engagement. The deal with Visa(NYSE:V) opened the door for partnerships with Mastercard(NYSE:MA), Citigroup(NYSE:C), and Fidelity National Information Services (NYSE:FIS). As a result, more deals will come that will increase PayPal’s relevancy and ubiquity in the mobile payment landscape.

  • [By David Zeiler]

    Ethereum has plenty of real-world catalysts driving it already:

    It’s become the foundation of the booming ICO phenomenon, through which cryptocurrency-based startups have raised millions of dollars in a matter of minutes. Most new tokens are either based on Ethereum and/or require users to buy the cryptocurrency with Ethereum. It’s Turing complete, which means the Ethereum network can function as a giant, global computer. That’s what makes Ethereum an ideal platform for applications like smart contracts. And it’s enabled the creation of a new kind of app, “Dapps,” or distributed applications that run on the network. Businesses are adopting it. The 150-plus companies in the Enterprise Ethereum Alliance include some of the world’s biggest and most prestigious corporations, such as JPMorgan Chase & Co. (NYSE:JPM), Microsoft Corp. (Nasdaq: MSFT), Mastercard Inc. (NYSE: MA), and Deloitte.

    Related: What’s the Best Cryptocurrency to Invest in Today?

  • [By Matthew Cochrane]

    With this mindset, it is no wonder that PayPal finished 2016 on a wave of deal-making momentum. In the past 12 months, PayPal completed agreements with a number of financial and tech companies including Alibaba Group Holding Ltd (NYSE: BABA), Citigroup Inc (NYSE: C), Facebook Inc (NASDAQ: FB), Mastercard Inc (NYSE: MA), Visa Inc (NYSE: V), and Vodafone Group Plc (NASDAQ: VOD).